North Lanarkshire vacancy rate falls
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:28 GMT on Tuesday 26th February, 2013.
VACANT properties in North Lanarkshire lye empty for shorter periods than in the past three years.
Figures from the region’s local authority show that North Lanarkshire’s time of which properties lay empty has been slashed over the past three years.
Councillor Sam Love, convener of housing and social work services, said: “We want to provide high standard accommodation for use in the shortest possible time.”
The figures show that, on average, the authority’s re-let time has been cut from 62.5 days to just 26.7 days over the past three years.
The new figures come as a consequence of a range of targeted initiatives by the council’s housing service, which aimed to ensure properties are in a good living condition; a process which has led people to wait less time to move into homes. However, figures also show that around 3,200 properties are identified as becoming void each year, across North Lanarkshire.
“Tenants moving in can be assured that their new homes will meet Scottish Housing Quality Standards and that we have carried out full gas and electric safety checks, all fixtures and fittings will be fully operational, the property will be fully cleaned, free from defects and be safe and secure,” Cllr Love added.
“And to further improve our service, empty properties will also be refurbished to include improved decorative and floor finishes.
“A six month trial will take place in the Wishaw and Shotts areas, and if this proves successful, will be introduced across all areas of North Lanarkshire.”
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